Camp Essayons 1988


Camp Essayons

In July 2006 Camp Essayons closed and preperations were made to transfer ownership of the facility to the Republic of Korea. This tranfer was completed 15 July 2006. Mention of this shift was made in US-ROK Land Partnership Plan in 2002, when the expected date of closure was 2010.

The 102nd Military Intelligence Battalion generally occupied Camp Essayons' 56 acres. The facility's primary mission was to provide military intelligence support for 2nd Infantry Division. The population of the camp was approximately 600, with 450 of that being US Military personnel and 135 being civilians employed by the Department of the Army. Camp Essayons was located near Camps Red Cloud and Stanley, and the closest urban center was Uijongbu City with a population of 280,000, within which the facility was located. Camp Essayons was 20 miles north of Seoul. Its climate features included, on average, summers between 80 and 90 oF, winters between -5 and 30 oF, and 48-56" of rain during a rainy season between July and August.

Camp Essayons was one of the 42 camps north of Seoul authorized Hardship Duty Pay of $150 per month as of 1 January 2001. The Hardship Duty Pay is paid to troops who are permanently assigned to areas where it is authorized or who serve 30 consecutive days of temporary duty in those areas. Several factors are considered in determining whether a location qualified for the pay: climate, physical and social isolation, sanitation, disease, medical facilities, housing, food, recreational and community facilities, political violence, harassment and crime. The extra pay provides meaningful financial recognition to troops assigned in areas where living conditions are substantially below US standards. Army Community Service was not available. The 2nd Infantry Division's 17 installations operated on a hub system that gave Division soldiers access to services not available on their installations. Camp Essayons was near Camps Red Cloud and Stanley, which offer many of the services not available on Camp Essayons. No Family Employment Assistance was provided at Camp Essayons. A Housing Office and Education Center were provided Family Quarters were not available. All but 76 of the Division's soldiers served one-year unaccompanied tours. All soldiers lived in on-post quarters.

Central Post Information

Hospitals Available:

  • Civilian hospitals available for emergency cases only, 5 minutes away by vehicle.

MWR Facilities Available:

  • Recreation Center
  • Library
  • Gymnasium
  • Bowling Center
  • Outdoor Tennis/Basketball
  • NCO/Enlisted Club
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Swimming Pool

AAFES Facilities Available:

  • Post Exchange
  • Pizza Delivery
  • Laundry Pick-Up
  • Barber Shop
  • Snack Bar
  • Shoe Shop
  • Alterations Shop

General Area Information

National Parks and Resorts: Tobong, Soyo and Surak Mountains are all in the area, as is the Songdu Resort. Also, there are many parks, resorts, historical sites and entertainment areas in Korea. Because of the country's size and excellent transortation system, all these sites are within a day's travel from anywhere in the Division area. On-post tour and travel offices, Morale, Welfare and Recreation offices, and the USO offer regular excursions.

Nearby Facilities and Places of Interest:

  • Hunting = None nearby. Hunting available at Cheju-Do (300 miles away).
  • Fishing = None nearby. Fishing at Inchon (35 miles away).
  • Skiing = None nearby. Travel to popular Mt. Sorak can be arranged thru Tour & Travel.
  • Swimming and Boating = No boating.
  • On post swimming pools.



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greyno3



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Subject: CAMP ESSAYONS   Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:43 am

I was a 91B10 medic for C-battery at Camp Essayons from Sept,1980-Sept,1981. I can't find much info about the Camp. Lost all my pictures in a house fire in 1994.

 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:14 pm

Nice picture. I wish someone had a web page about the camp, so I could add a link to it on my web page.

When I was in the area in 69-70, it was a Engineer unit there. Was at CRC in 81-82, and Essayons was a Artillery Camp. Now closed.

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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:51 pm

Found alot of good pics from Camp Stanley searching the web. I was surprised to hear all the camps are closing. I went to Ft. Devens, Mass. from Korea and they closed that too!

I always had a Korean photagrapher that ran around the camp take pictures. I had a ton of pics but the house fire took everthing.

I drove an Ambulance to CRC, Camp Stanley, and Camp Casey all the
time.

http://www.qsl.net/wd4ngb/campstanley.htm
 
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Subject: Camp Essayon   Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:33 pm

Was stationed from 87-88 at Essayon. Had alot of great times. Wish I could find some of the people I was there with.
I drove a Hemmett Ammo Carrier (Ammo Dog)
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:39 am

I was at Camp Essayons from June 1970 to September 1970. wd4ngb
There was an engineer unit there at that time. 13th Engineers (Combat) if I remember right. My 201 file says it was the 11th Engineers though but I sure do remember it being the 13th. I was in Charlie company in the middle of the compound. They tried to make me the company clerk the first week there. It didn't work out though because they found out it took me all day to do the morning report. Still can't type worth a damn They put in the POL dump refueling equipment. I got to go everywhere but being new in country I don't remember every place. Camp Stanley, CRC, Camp Casey, Camp Indian. Even made it up by the DMZ once or twice. Some job site that wasn't far from some tanks that were doing menuevers or just playing Army!!! A couple of them was low on fuel and asked me if I could fuel them. I did but got a butt chewed for doing so. I figured everything was painted green so what the heck. Fueled a fixed wing plane up by Casey once that was low on fuel and landed just South of the Camp Casey. He said he was spraying insecticide. He said it was an air field but It looked like just an over sized road to me. Got my butt chewed for that also. The colors to the engineer battalion went state side and I was transferred acrossed Uijongbu to A company 51st Signal Battalion at Camp Piliaau. That is a very funny story in itself. Ended up in the supply room. Just destined to type I guess. If any one remembers which engineer battalion was at Essayons at that time let me know would you. Trying to get records straightened out.













 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:29 am

stilltruckin: Welcome to the site. The 11th Engineer Bn was at Essayons and Stanley. The 13th Eng Bn was under the 7th Inf Div, and were up in the Camp Casey area. I was departing Cp Stanley about the time you arrived at Essayons. I was in D Company 4th Maint Bn, and the 36th Engineer Gp was one of the units we supported.

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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:33 am

I was in Korea 4 tours,
1960-61 at Cp Casey and Kaiser. A Co 17th Transportation Bn
1969-70 at Cp Stanley and St Barbara. D Company 4th Maint Bn
1978-79 at Cp Humohries. Hq Company Garrison
1981-82 at Cp Red Cloud. A Company 304th Signal Bn

I saw Korea recovering from the War on the 1st tour, to prepairing for the Olympics on the last tour. I really enyoyed the first 3, but not the last.

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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:29 pm

Hey I just thought of some thing maybe you can answer for me since you were there all those times. When ever I went to Soul to exchange laundry and equipment while at Camp Piliaau I would go down I believe route 3 it was and I noticed a mound of dirt that was as long as you could see from the road. When I questioned my civilian worker about it he told me that it was the civilian control line and it went all the way across the country and in the case of an invasion all citizens had to get south of that line because that was where it was intended to stop the invasion. I remember I thought it was just another one of the stories that was told to all the new guy's but I always did wonder about it. The reason I asked him was because we seen a Koren helo spraying and it looked just like the one that sprayed all around Camp Essayons the month before and he said it was spraying to kill the foliage. I told him I was told they were spraying insecticides and he told me that the Americans spray the insecticides with planes and the Koreans spray to kill the foliage with helo's. It kind of fit because the helo didn't go south of that mound of dirt. At that time any way. I always wondered about the story about the mound of dirt though because when I tried to find out from other GI's they didn't know anything about it. Maybe it was just one of those stories?
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:10 pm

Here is another. This is the type I saw the most.


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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:32 pm

Dang if it isn't so! Those picture arn't exactly what I saw but they make more sense of things. I think the one I went trough all the time was tunnel like if I remember right. It must of been in process of being redone. Thanks that clears up a lot. Funny what pictures clear up of memories.
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:55 pm

I was in the air on my way back to korea and had orders to 520th. BUT I was in the air when pres Pak was killed. SOOO I ended up at the planet. Only thing that made that place liveable was Downtime Inc. Anyone remember us??
 
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Subject: Camp Essayons   Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:15 am

Man i loved your pic of the front gate..i remember it well. I was in B Btry 6/37 '80-'81 I read a post from a guy who drove an ambulance between CRC and Stanley about that time. I once twisted my foot backwards coming off the ramp of a CH-47. After a dust off back to Essayons, an ambulance took me to stanley. It may have been you man. Remember the "Business Girl" we ran into on the way there? Your side mirror hit her in the shoulder..and we ran a ROK roadblock on the way back, remember? If anyone was there or were in B Btry on "the planet" about that time i'd love to hear from you....take care Brothers.."on the minute"!!
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:17 am

I was in the air also when PAK got blown up...weird huh? F-4 Phantoms escorted us down...wild times. I thought it was his wife that got killed?
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:05 am

Wow whats the chances of being on the same plane. Do u remember Downtime and were u a member. Looking for old members
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:18 pm

I was at Essyons when Big John was LTCOL. there
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:25 pm

I remember Downtime I was not a member but I did run some with Doc. Crash, Dixie, Ozone and Rebel. I was there in 78 and 79
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:01 pm

Was at Camp Essayons from early 83 to late 84..C Btry 6/37 FA MLRS, shit hit the fan a couple of times. Especially with the slicky boys that the north sent down. We were out and about, in the Chawron Valley highway 1. Also spent time in the river and swamps north of camp and patrolling that area-could we have been exposed to the defoliants that were used back in the seventies. On the DMV they were spraying in 84. Still remember going from covered position to an entire area of sand and rock on the ridges overlooking the valley
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:23 pm

I was station at Camp Essayons, 6th BN 37th FA, HQ Btry, from Nov 1976 to Nov 1977. I work out of the motor pool and was the PLL clerk, 76D10. Maintain and ordered repair parts for all vehicles and the M1-10 howziers the Big GUNS. The village outside the compound at that time was called Hockamarie in the Uijeongbu area. I toured the DMZ and had to sign a wavier and if I got shot while on the tour the Military wouldn't be held responsible. We were all the time in the field and the only duties I conducted was perimeter guard. Lying around in that foliage that has been sprayed with agent orange.
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:21 am

Savage. Ozone prospect me and Dixie was prez. Hated that place. Went from sp4 to e2 in 3 months... just couldn't stand not having a pass....
 
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Subject: Re: CAMP ESSAYONS   Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:27 am



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DIRECT FIRE 1977         

C 6/37FA


SHOULD ADD THAT I HAD 4 TOURS IN KOREA
CAMP STANLEY 09/1975--10/1976 1/15FA
CAMP ESSAYONS 03/1977--03/1978 C  6/37 FA
CAMP STANLEY 01/1982--01/1983  C 1/38 FA
CAMP ESSAYONS  10/1984--10/1985 HHB 6/37FA
 
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D BATTERY 1977
 
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